People possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Johns Hopkins

Henrietta Strickland
July 7, 2018

Johns Hopkins Hospital is considered one of the top hospitals in the United States.

A small amount of tuberculosis may have been released while it was being transported in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2, according to a statement from the hospital. The sample was "equivalent to a few drops", according to Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the school.

The two buildings, which are connected by an enclosed, elevated bridge, are research centers. "We want to thank our employees for their quick response to the situation as well as the Baltimore City Fire Department".

There were employees in the area when the incident occurred, but hospital officials told the Baltimore Sun that no one required treatment.

Tuberculosis bacteria are spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or spits, and someone else can breathe in the bacteria and become sick.

The release prompted the evacuation of both Hopkins research buildings in the early afternoon.

A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday due to a possible tuberculosis exposure, fire officials said. We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus.

The buildings will remain evacuated until they have been cleared by public safety officials, Hoppe said in the statement. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more risky and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV. It has always been on the decline in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 9,272 U.S. cases in 2016.

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